Tailormade snowshoeing

Tailormade Snowshoeing


Tailormade snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is the perfect winter activity for those who enjoy mountain walking. Each winter we find that more and more summer hikers are joining us in the snow in a bid to continue their passion all year around. Snowshoeing is a great activity and we organise a number of tailor-made snowshoe trips every year for those who want to set their own dates, and pace. 

Booking a bespoke snowshoe trip means you can choose your companions and set your own goals for the trip. We have been guiding in winter since Tracks and Trails was set up in 2006 and as a result we have a wide range of itineraries which we can suggest at locations across the Alps. We can easily help you fulfil your aspirations to enjoy the mountains in winter. 

Snowshoeing does not require previous experience as it is simply a case of walking in the snow, but with equipment that makes it easier to do so. You do, however, need a reasonable level of fitness to make the most of your trip, unless you would prefer our slow snowshoe approach which ensures as many cake and coffee stops as possible! 

Any of our Scheduled Departure trips can be adapted to a bespoke trip. Please also take a look at the Itinerary section above for just a few ideas which may help you to make a start. Or if you already know what you want then get in touch with our office. 


Many thanks for a wonderful time. Our guide was knowledgeable, caring, safety conscious and fun to be with - in short a great leader. Having assessed the weather conditions she was able to find the sun and the best snowshoeing for each day. This was our first snowshoeing experience. We had a fabulous three days around Chamonix and would highly recommend Tracks and Trails. We will be back. Many thanks until the next time.

We just want to say a very big thank you for making our trip so fantastic. We couldn't have had a better time and every day was perfectly planned and executed. We have so many happy memories and are already looking forward to our next visit!

I thought Emma, our guide, was excellent, with safety of clients paramount. She had to be flexible due to the tricky snow conditions, but she explained her thinking at every stage so we knew what options were under consideration and what to expect. The Refuge…great location, good food, glorious views, plenty of character.

This is just to say thank you very much for organising such an adventure for us.  You managed to pack in every sort of weather and activity and I am pleased to say that once again I used every item of clothing in my rucksack. The Dolomites are really beautiful…all the rifugios were lovely…hot showers and food and our own duvets were perfection at the end of the day. Everyone had a good time and enjoyed it very much.

Itinerary

We can create bespoke adventure itineraries to suit most requests. We have extensive experience in the European Alps, and in particular in France, Switzerland, and Italy. In Scandinavia in winter we also have a breadth and depth of knowledge of running trips in Norway, Sweden, and Finland. 

We will soon be giving suggested itineraries for your corporate event, but in the meantime please contact us to discuss your requirements. 

  • The chance to spend a night in a mountain inn, isolated from the rest of the world by the snow and ice, is an opportunity not to be missed. Accommodation ranges from ancient monasteries to rustic wooden chalets, and state of the art igloos. It's a wonderful experience to come in from the cold to a warm welcome in the high mountains. You might want to consider including this option for one of the nights of your snowshoe holiday?

    These 'refuges' are widespread across the Alps, but for ease of reference we have given a few options below that are easily reached from Chamonix Valley, in France. We find that with Geneva airport only 1 hour, 15 minutes away, that many of our guests 'pop' over to Chamonix from the UK for a few days of winter air. There are, of course, many other possibilities for a night or two in the mountains. 

    Below are a few wonderful options that are within driving distance of Chamonix Valley, France. There are many more possibilities across the Alps. 

    The Grand St Bernard Hospice, Switzerland is on a high pass linking Italy and Switzerland and is home to the world famous St Bernard mountain dog. The monks at the Monastery have been offering comfort to weary travellers since the 11th century. In winter it can only be reached by snowshoes or skis which makes it a wonderful destination for a night in the mountains. We can begin with a drive to Switzerland to visit to the Grand St Bernard Museum in Martigny. The perfect introduction to the Monastery and its history. We then travel a little further to begin our hike. The route climbs high above the tree line through a snow covered valley to reach the Grand St Bernard Hospice founded in 1049 where we spend the night. Ascent 544m.

    The following morning we leave the monastery to explore further into this vast valley and network of peaks. Our route takes us initially down and then climbs to the Italian frontier and the Col Ouest de Barasson at 2635m. We are rewarded with excellent views into Italy, of the Mont Blanc range, and nearby summit of the Pain de Sucre. The perfect location to enjoy a picnic lunch and stillness of the mountains. Ascent 700m.

    Le Refuge Tornieux, France is a characterful and cosy option for a great night in the mountains in Chamonix Valley. The refuge sits in a high bowl below the stunning Aravis mountain range with great views all the way back to Mont Blanc. There is an easy trail which ascends to the refuge and if necessary we could arrange to have some luggage delivered for you. Otherwise we hike up with what we need for the night. A pleasant evening can be passed here enjoying the local cuisine and wine. 

    Next morning, we can walk further into the high bowl and enjoy the views before we head back down to the valley. It is also possible to rent sledges and enjoy a 5 km trail from the refuge down to the parking area. 

    La Petite Auberge, Switzerland makes an excellent snowshoe destination and is suitable for all levels. We park below the lake and then climb steadily on a wide track to what is essentially a hidden valley surrounded by stunning peaks. The Auberge itself is situated in a quiet alpine setting by Lac de Tanay, Switzerland and you will be welcomed with excellent local cuisine. The building has been recently renovated and really is a glorious hideaway where we have never before met any snowshoers or skiers who are not 'locals' who share our secret.

    The next morning we can enjoy a wander further up the valley before descending back down to the auberge for a well-earned coffee. After re-fuelling we make our way back down to our vehicle. It is also possible today to have time to visit the Grand St Bernard Museum in Martigny to learn about the history of the Grand St Bernard Monastery and the famous rescue dogs of the same name. 

  • Walking through the forest at night with the snow sparkling on the pine needles is one of the great joys of snowshoeing. If you are visiting Chamonix Valley, in France, we can arrange an evening snowshoe walk to a wonderful characterful Auberge where you can enjoy a delicious dinner of local food, while warming yourself before a log fire. It is something that all the family can enjoy with a snowshoe hike that can be adapted to suit you.

    All you will need is warm clothes and a sense of adventure! We can provide all the snowshoe equipment including a head torch. We would meet you as the sun sets and head off to explore the snow covered alpine forests.

    La Boerne is a refuge dating back to the 18th century. Located on high ground a few kilometres from Chamonix it provides a wonderful venue for dinner. At La Boerne you can 'feel' the mountain history, the culture that has shaped the communities of this alpine valley. The Auberge is in fact run by Gilbert, a High Mountain Guide, descended from a long line of famous climbers and guides of the Chamonix Valley. This is a true alpine experience and a thoroughly enjoyable evening. 

    La Vieilles Luge is an ancient farm chalet perched above Chamonix. The restaurant has an amazing ambiance, and dates back 250 years. It is run by a family who can trace their roots back to 1479.  

  • Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Western Europe and the world famous alpine town of Chamonix provides a stunning base for snowshoeing. This French town is full of character and history and makes a great location to spend a few days or a week of snowshoeing. Every time you look up you see 'it' there, a world of snow, ice and rock and dreams of mountain adventure.

    With a wide range of accommodation on offer Chamonix suits all budgets and requirements. It is also only a 30 minute drive to Switzerland where we have the chance to conquer some peaks, or even spend a night in the world famous Grand St Bernard Monastery, a unique experience. 

    Below are just a few of the possible snowshoe routes that are available near Chamonix:

    Chalets de Chailloux,france

    If this is your fist time on snowshoes we will spend time making sure you are comfortable with the equipment. It really is simply a case of walking, but wearing an item of kit on your feet that makes it all easier. We spend the day enjoying a walk with views of the Mont Blanc massif from the Chalets de Chailloux, a fabulous vantage point that gives a wonderful photo opportunity to capture Chamonix valley and glaciers. Ascent 570m.

    Mont de l'Arpille, Switzerland

    Today we could have a trip to Switzerland, and an ascent of one of the best viewpoints of the area. We head up initially through pine woods, watching out for squirrels and roe deer, and then into more open ground as we arrive at alpage. An alpage is where the sheep and cows graze in the summer months. We then wind our way to the summit which offers incredible panoramas of Mont Blanc, the Dents du Midi, and the Rhône Valley. Ascent 770m.

    Refuge de Loriaz, France

    Chalet Loriaz is above the hamlet of Vallorcine. The Vallorcine valley, which means ‘valley of the bears', used to easily be cut off during the winter months due to it's access being two mountain passes. Unfortunately, because the locals used to pay their taxes in bear meat there are none left today! We leave the village to climb steadily on a good trail until we reach the open mountainside of the alpage at Loriaz. If the conditions permit we can also ascend the higher point of the Charmoz. Ascent 700m. 

    La Crête des Bénés, France 

    A truly beautiful ridge line which offers excellent views in all directions. Today we drive down the valley towards the market town of Sallanches where we take a small mountain road climbing to the parking at Le Perret. From here we pick up the forest trail which zigzags up the hillside to the ancient farms below the Tete Noire at 1691m, a fine summit in itself. We then leave the trees to discover what have to be some of the finest views of the Mont Blanc range. On one side the valley which leads to Chamonix, with Mont Blanc in the distance, on the other the Aravis mountains, and ahead the shapely mountain of the Croisse Baulet at 2236m. Ascent 680m.

    Getting to Chamonix

    Chamonix is easily reached from other European & Worldwide destinations by road, rail, coach or plane. Geneva is the closest international airport, only 1 hour 15 minutes away by road, making shared transfers, buses or trains easy to arrange. 

  • We find that many of our bespoke trips are based on the Scheduled Departures which we already offer on this website. Simply browse the Scheduled Departures and decide which one you would like as a private trip. The itineraries can be adjusted to suit your needs with 'rest' days inserted where appropriate, and the number of trip days either extended or shortened.

    In this respect we find that the Traverse of the Chablais which is a six day mountain journey is popular as a bespoke trip. Also our centre based week Chamonix Snowshoe Adventure is also a great week for a private group. We can source a chalet or hotel which can be used as your base for this week. 

  • Our totally bespoke trips are those where you have the ideas and the dreams and we discuss how these can be achieved. They could feature an element of our Scheduled Departure trip itineraries, but also include other optional activities, such as cross country skiing, alpine skiing, ice climbing, dog sledding, or maybe something more relaxing such as a visit to the beautiful spa at Pre St Didier in Italy, followed by compulsory gelato, to end your trip?

    Every winter we spend time at Venabu, in Norway, a tranquil mountain hotel on the edge of the Rondane National Park. Here there are many activities available which can be included in a snowshoe trip, there is dog sledding, cross country skiing, horse drawn sleigh rides, yoga/pilates classes and massage available. 

    In other words 'Bespoke' means created and crafted just for you and your family or friends. A unique experience in the stunning mountains of the Alps or indeed farther afield such as Bulgaria or Scandinavia.

Accommodation

You can be assured we spend a lot of time and effort researching the best accommodation available for the standard of your trip. Where possible we use family run establishments with a reputation for hospitality and food. Your booking is based on two people sharing a bedroom. On some trips a single room may be available on request for a supplementary fee. However, single rooms can be limited in number so do contact us as soon as possible to discuss this. 


  • Any holiday taken during the Covid-19 pandemic may be subject to change and with little or no notice of that change. As the past months have proven no-one can predict the situation from one week to the next, however, we will do our very best to gauge the best response to any new developments. New restrictions or guidelines might affect where we eat out, which accommodation we can stay in, and potentially transport arrangements if the numbers in vehicles are restricted. 

    Itineraries may not be exactly as advertised due to new regulations or restrictions, for example, we may not be able to stop and have lunch at a mountain farm as stated in the itinerary, because the farm has had to react to new rules with regard to serving food and drinks. We imagine that there will be many scenarios which might lead to a change or adaptation in the itinerary.

    When booking a trip during the pandemic we ask that you keep an open mind and be willing to adapt and be flexible.

  • With a tailor-made trip you can choose whatever standard of accommodation you require. If based in a town there is usually a broad range from budget, to luxury, everything from sharing in a dormitory to having a suite in a 4/5* hotel. 

    Once you have decided on your base for your trip we can easily advise you of the options available. Some towns/villages will have more options than others. 

    If you are embarking on a point-to-point journey you may find that there is no option or choice of accommodation as we are grateful to have anywhere to stay in the mountains. However, this does not always mean basic accommodation, some mountain locations offer wonderful, characterful and traditional mountain hospitality. 

    The choice is yours and we will prepare a quote for your trip based on the standard of accommodation chosen. Of course, you may want to choose and book your own accommodation and Tracks and Trails simply provides the guiding element. It is entirely up to you. 

  • When booking a trip we ask you to acquire insurance to cover you for the following:

    Mountain Rescue Insurance

    It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, mountain rescue, cost of repatriation and personal accident risks. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. The maximum altitude for any trip can be checked on the 'At A Glance' box on each trip page. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip, then please ask us for specific details.

    Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance

    You should also have insurance to cover trip cancellation and curtailment. Please note that your deposit and balance payments are non-refundable, unless it is Tracks and Trails who cancel the trip due to a failure to reach the required minimum numbers. In this case we will offer you a refund or the option of transferring to another trip if one is available. We also advise that you should have insurance which covers baggage loss/equipment damage as Tracks and Trails will not be held responsible for loss/damage to baggage/equipment.

    COVID-19 Insurance

    As well as medical cover, we recommend that you have appropriate travel insurance so that if you fall ill and test positive for COVID-19 prior to (or during) your trip, you will be financially covered for cancelling your trip. You should also consider booking a policy that covers you if you have to cancel or curtail your holiday because you have to self-isolate. If you choose to cancel, cancellation charges will be payable, but if the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges. Please read the clauses below detailing trip cancellation and curtailment.

    Travel Insurance covering COVID-19 is now available from a number of suppliers, Campbell Irvine, Trailfinders and Staysure. Please check their websites for the latest information on what is and isn't covered. It is likely that more companies will offer COVID related cover in the future.

    All of the above insurances are detailed in our Terms and Conditions

    If you are joining a trip in the UK helicopter/mountain rescue insurance is not required as this is a free service.

    For further details, please read the Insurance section on our website.

  • When packing for a trip in the mountains it is important to have the appropriate equipment and clothing. This kit list features items we believe are necessary for the weather you might encounter and the accommodation you will be staying in. 

    Generally clothing for snowshoeing should be equivalent to that used for walking in the mountains in winter. For this trip all the necessary snowshoe equipment is provided free of charge. This includes snowshoes, walking poles, snow probe, snow shovel, and avalanche transceiver. The carrying of this safety equipment is compulsory and demonstrates ‘best practice’. 

    Your guide will arrive at the ‘Welcome Meeting’ with only enough snowshoe equipment for those who have booked it via their Booking Form. Your guide will help choose from the following items according to the weather on the day. Please ask if you require advice.

    Equipment

    • Snowshoes - supplied free of charge 
    • Poles - supplied free of charge
    • Avalanche Transceiver - supplied free of charge
    • Shovel - supplied free of charge 
    • Snow Probe - supplied free of charge 
    • Rucksack – 25-30 litres, with waist and chest strap. Ideally it should have a system that allows you to attach snowshoes if it is necessary to carry them. See image below
    • Rucksack – waterproof liner/cover
    • Walking Boots - warm and waterproof. They should not be ‘low cut’ and must cover your ankles
    • Bags to waterproof items, such as documentation
    • Gaiters - useful on days with deep fresh snow

    Clothing 

    • Waterproof jacket - essential, this must keep you dry during a day of continuous snowfall or at least as dry as any waterproof jacket ever keeps you!
    • Waterproof trousers - in case of heavy snowfall
    • Trousers - windproof and warm 
    • Thermal top - long sleeves
    • Thin fleece - long sleeves
    • Waistcoat - fleece/wind stopper 
    • Gloves x 2 (one thick and one thin)
    • Warm hat
    • Head/ear band 
    • Duvet jacket (or second warm layer)
    • Scarf or 'Buff' for neck
    • Socks - 2 or 3 pairs

    Comfort

    • Lip salve
    • Sunscreen - essential
    • Sunglasses - essential
    • Goggles - very useful in snowfall
    • Snack bars/chocolate
    • Tissues - we recommend biodegradable bags to dispose of rubbish
    • Anti-bacterial hand wash

    Personal First Aid

    • Personal medication 
    • Blister plasters 
    • Painkillers/anti-inflammatory
    • Antiseptic cream/spray

    Documentation 

    • Mountain Rescue/Ski Insurance documents - compulsory
    • Passport
    • Credit card
    • Cash - Euros

    Additional Items

    • Clothing for use at accommodation
    • Hair dryer if required 
    • Travel Kettle if required 
    • Camera/ Book/Music
    • Toiletries – soap/shower gel; not all accommodation supplies these
    • Ear plugs - if room sharing
    • Small thermos for hot drinks
    • Padlock for luggage being transported, if doing a point to point trip 

    **Supplementary snacks if you follow a gluten free or coeliac diet**

    Leaders are all first aid trained and carry their own first aid kit

    The image below gives examples of how snowshoes can be attached to your rucksack

  • On many of our trips there will be an element of 'group kit' which will be shared amongst our guests. As mountain people you will be used to team work and working together to the mutual benefit and safety of the group.

    The 'group kit' will be minimal and usually just a case of sharing a few lightweight 'survival shelters'. For example on a week-long trip you may carry a small shelter for just one day before passing it on to the next person. 

    If you are booking a trip in winter there will be a few additional safety items. These will be distributed in such a way that no one is over burdened. 

    Other group items necessary for safety and comfort will be carried by your guide/instructor.

  • We go to great lengths to work with first class guides and instructors who are passionate about their work. They are all fully qualified, insured, and hold the correct documentation.

    Please note your guide/instructor has complete discretion to make a daily decision on whether or not to take the advertised route based on the weather and the ability of the members of the group. They have our authority to make any route changes they believe are necessary in the interests of safety and enjoyment. 

    For our hiking trips your guide will be an International Mountain Leader and on our running trips your guide will be an International Mountain Leader who it also an experienced mountain 'trail runner'.

    For our snowshoeing trips your guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader and for cross country ski trips you will be with a fully qualified professional BASI Nordic Ski Instructor or equivalent. BASI is the British Association of Snowsport Instructors.

  • This is a general statement with regard to luggage and is not specific to your trip. Please read on.

    Point to Point

    The majority of our point-to-point trips have luggage support which means your bags are transferred each day to the next accommodation and you only need to wear a small/medium sized 'rucksack' for items you might need during the course of the day. 

    On some trips which feature a night in a refuge/rifugio/hut your main luggage may not be available that evening due to lack of vehicle access. Your rucksack should be of sufficient capacity to carry a few extra items required for this overnight. Your trip itinerary will indicate on which nights you do not have access to your main luggage. If in any doubt please contact us

    Centre Based

    For our centre based trips, in other words where you are staying in the same accommodation all week, you are welcome to bring whatever luggage you require. However, do refer to the note below with regard to 'size' and the lack of elevators in some hotels. 

    Size of Luggage

    Please note that many hotels do not have elevators. This means you may need to carry your luggage to your bedroom. 

    On our point-to-point trips where your luggage is moved along the route by taxi we ask that you keep the weight to a maximum of 15kgs (33lbs), and ONE bag per person. Many of the taxi companies who move your bags impose a 15kg (33lbs) limit and restrict the number because they have to unload and reload the vehicle each day. If you take more than one bag you may be asked to pay a supplement. 

    Luggage on wheels is a good idea, and as stated you need to be able to carry your luggage to your bedroom which may involve climbing several flights of stairs.  

  • We do not include lunches in your trip fee for various reasons. We have found our guests have particular tastes and requirements for 'trail' or 'hill' food and it is better you choose and buy what you require. Buying supplies and trying local specialities is a great way to inter-act with the local people and to practise your language skills. 

    Lunches on our trips are 'picnic' style lunches, in other words you take a packed lunch with sufficient snacks, food and fluid to sustain you throughout your day of activity. If there is the possibility of lunch being taken at a restaurant/farm/cafe beside the trail, your guide/instructor will advise you of this. 

    Each evening you can choose to order a picnic or a sandwich from the hotel, or your guide/instructor will advise you of other options such as a local shop or market and whether you need to purchase items in the evening or if the shop/market is open early enough the next morning not to delay your start. In all cases we would always ask you to settle any 'bill' for lunch or drinks in the evening before you depart, and not on the morning of your last day when there may be a queue.

  • On your itinerary you will find an indication of the amount of ascent and descent you can expect each day. This offers a guideline to how much effort might be expended each day and allows you to decide, based on previous experience, if your fitness and stamina are correct for the trip. 

    We make every attempt to ensure these statistics are as accurate as possible, but ask you to note that the most modern of technology used to record these details can show considerable variations in terms of ascent, descent, and in particular distance. In other words no two people using GPS devices on the same route will have exactly the same details recorded at the end of the day. 

    The statistics given should be used as a 'general' indication of the effort required. 

  • It is useful to arrive at your destination with some cash in the local currency, however, on most occasions it is relatively easy to visit a 'cash machine' after arrival and withdraw money on a credit or debit card. Some of our locations are an exception to this in particular Norway, where the accommodation will often have no facilities for withdrawing cash, but they will take a credit card. 

    On many of our trips we will visit remote cafes/farms where it is wonderful to enjoy a drink and a cake, at places such as these they will only accept payment in the local currency in cash.

  • Food

    On our trips we encourage you to experience local tastes and dishes that reflect the culture of the country and for this reason many of our accommodation options will be family run with a reputation for the traditional food of the region. 

    If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance to a certain food type which will make you ill the accommodation will cater for this as best they can, eg gluten free, nut free, lactose free.

    If you are vegetarian then this is not a problem as the hotels/refuges are used to being asked for vegetarian meals. Our accommodation will try to cater for those with vegan diets but in remote refuges in the mountains this is more difficult. If you would like to discuss the suitability of a trip for a vegan diet please contact us. Gluten-free diets will be possible with regard to the evening meals, but we would advise that you bring along some gluten-free snacks for your breakfasts and lunches.

    If you have a 'special' diet which is NOT because of an allergy or intolerance, and is not 'veggie' then we apologise, but we cannot cater for this. The accommodation on the popular routes will be catering for many people each evening, in some cases up to 70/80 meals per night, 7 days a week, and realistically they cannot produce many different meal options unless the food will result in illness.

    Water

    The countries we visit all have tap water which is drinkable. If for any reason a particular hotel is having a problem with a remote mountain water supply they will normally post a sign over the tap indicating that you must not drink the water. At all times you are welcome to ask your guide/instructor if the water can be drunk. We would ask, for environmental reasons, that you avoid using single-use plastic bottles, and bring a water bottle that can be used repeatedly. 

  • A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU, such as Norway. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice.  

  • We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

    Note that if your trip involves staying in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut that electric sockets may be in short supply and for that night you may not be able to charge any items. Although the accommodation will have electricity this will often be supplied by solar panels or a generator and limited to use by the staff. For this reason we advise that carrying a small slimline and lightweight 'battery pack' can be very useful for recharging phones which many of you will also use as your camera. 

  • If you wish to add on optional activities these can easily be arranged for you. In winter you could choose to experience a range of other winter sports. Depending on the location you are choosing for your trip these can include trying cross country skiing, dog sledding, ice climbing, glacier walking, or even sleigh rides. We can advise you on what is available in each location. 

  • Before booking consider whether you expect to be in the appropriate physical condition on the date of your  departure to allow you to fully participate in and enjoy your holiday. If you have any doubts because of an illness or injury it would be advisable to check with your doctor.

    For UK residents travelling to an EU country you should obtain and bring with you a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance. Also note that if/when the UK leaves the European Union that the EHIC card may no longer be valid. Please check this before departing. We advise that you always carry your insurance documents with details of the Emergency Medical telephone number for your insurance provider, and your policy number. 

  • We feel strongly about protecting the environment and do not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We would ask that you arrive with a ‘water bottle’ or ‘hydration system’ that can be used repeatedly. We would point out that we operate a ‘zero tolerance’ for rubbish, and would ask you to remove all your rubbish items from the mountain even those you consider to be bio-degradable. In particular we ask that you remove any toilet tissue.

    You can read our full policy here.

  • Working across international boundaries, and with various currencies means that the price of our trips can change overnight. We have, however, undertaken to guarantee that once you have paid your deposit the price of your trip is fixed. In this respect we urge you to book early to ensure that you receive the price advertised on our website. The website price may increase due to currency fluctuations, but we guarantee that the price advertised on the date of your booking will be maintained in your individual case. 


The date range given below indicates the months when the activity can be undertaken. The prices indicated are for a half day/evening or full day of snowshoeing.

Equipment Rental If you require snowshoe equipment we can provide this at a rate of £15 per person per day, or £10 per person for a half day which is 3 hrs. We can also accept payment in Euros by prior arrangement. The snowshoe equipment package includes snowshoes, walking poles, avalanche transceivers (a location beacon), snow shovel and snow probe. 

The Complete Package We can also quote you an all inclusive price which can include accommodation, snowshoe equipment hire, the guides fees and expenses and all logistics. We can also add on other winter activities such as cross country skiing, husky dog sledding, etc. 

Maximum Numbers To ensure that you make the most of your snowshoe experience we take a maximum of 8 people per guide. We can, of course, accommodate larger groups but for reasons of safety and enjoyment this would require an additional guide or guides depending on the group size. 

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Many thanks for a wonderful time. Our guide was knowledgeable, caring, safety conscious and fun to be with - in short a great leader. Having assessed the weather conditions she was able to find the sun and the best snowshoeing for each day. This was our first snowshoeing experience. We had a fabulous three days around Chamonix and would highly recommend Tracks and Trails. We will be back. Many thanks until the next time.

We just want to say a very big thank you for making our trip so fantastic. We couldn't have had a better time and every day was perfectly planned and executed. We have so many happy memories and are already looking forward to our next visit!

I thought Emma, our guide, was excellent, with safety of clients paramount. She had to be flexible due to the tricky snow conditions, but she explained her thinking at every stage so we knew what options were under consideration and what to expect. The Refuge…great location, good food, glorious views, plenty of character.

This is just to say thank you very much for organising such an adventure for us.  You managed to pack in every sort of weather and activity and I am pleased to say that once again I used every item of clothing in my rucksack. The Dolomites are really beautiful…all the rifugios were lovely…hot showers and food and our own duvets were perfection at the end of the day. Everyone had a good time and enjoyed it very much.

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